Pothole controversy at Geneva County Commission meeting

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GENEVA COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — At Monday’s Geneva County Commission meeting, a couple demanded the county reimburse them for damage to a tire rim sustained in a pothole on Geneva County road 49 in Malvern.

Ironically, as WDHN’s Mike Gurspan reports, long-anticipated repaving of that highway is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning.

James Cambron and Paula Rounds say their vehicle’s rim was damaged after going into a pothole on Geneva County road 49 earlier this summer. The Dale County couple is looking for slightly less than $200 for replacement of the rim.

They argued with District 1 Geneva County Commissioner, Weston Spivey whose district includes Highway 49 in the Malvern area.

“This is what happens when you put a boy in a man’s position,” Dale County Residents, James Cambron and Paula Rounds said. “I know this is not the way County Commissioners should respond to something like that.”

Geneva County Engineer Justin Barfield told WDHN News all measures have been taken place to letting the public know as far as the potholes and other imperfections within the road itself.

“This is construction improvements, this is a construction site,” Commissioner Spivey said. “This was not a negligent site, where a need to be patch was not patched. this is a roadway about to go under a major re-working.”

Barfield says there was road signage concerning a dip in the road due to recent heavy rainfall in the area.

“This specific situation was intensified by social media that weekend,” Barfield said. “We were alerted to it and tended to it just as soon as we could Monday morning.”

Geneva County’s attorney says the insurance company declined the couple’s claim for any compensation concerning the damage to their tire rim.

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